Visitor Centre

100 years ago, on 17 November 1914, over 23,000 internees, such as Josef Pilates, together with their guards, including Archibald Knox, started moving into Knockaloe Farm, Patrick Village.

A registered charity has been set up by the community of Patrick Village to use the old Patrick Schoolrooms, located at the entrance to Knockaloe Farm, to develop an on-site Visitors Centre and web based Archive to bring this very human aspect of Patrick Village and Island history to life.

The project launched of our introductory website, exactly 100 years after the arrival of the first internees into Knockaloe Camp.


The Centre for WW1 Internment is open

We are delighted to announce the the Centre for WW1 Internment opened on 10th May 2019

Opening times:

10th May 2019 - 28th September 2019

Wednesday - Saturday

10am - 5pm

Any descendants of Knockaloe Internees wishing to visit outside of these times can do so by appointment by E-mailing

There is no fee to view the exhibition, however all donations are gratefully received and go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the building and future research, there is a donations box in within the main exhibition space.


The Centre for WW1 Internment, Patrick Old School Rooms, Patrick Corner, Patrick Village, Isle of Man, IM5 3AL

Getting there:

The Centre for WW1 Internment is located in on the junction of the A27 and Patrick Road in Patrick Village on the west of the Island. From Peel follow signs to Glen Maye (A27), from St Johns follow signs to Castletown (A3) then signs to Patrick/Glen Maye (A30). For the location on Google Maps please click here

There is a car park directly in front of the Visitor Centre, howeve, please be cautious as the entrance is quite tight.